Habitat Sweet Habitat: Green Anoles

Setting up a habitat for your new green anole? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Habitat

  • Anoles of the same sex can be housed together, although ideally they should be of similar size.
  • Adult anoles require a terrarium 10 gallons in size. A larger terrarium is required if housing multiple anoles.  A tall enclosure is recommended to provide more climbing area.
  • There should be a hiding spot at both the cool and warm sides of the habitat.
  • Ensure the habitat is fitted with a secure screened top to prevent escape.

Heating & Lighting

  • A temperature gradient (warm side/cool side) habitat must be provided, as well as a basking spot so your anole can regulate his temperature.
  • The habitat should be equipped with multiple thermometers; one on the cool side and one near their basking spot.
  • During the daytime, the cool side should have an ambient temperature of 75-85°F (24-29°C), and the basking spot should be 85-90°F (29-32°C).
  • Nighttime temperature should be 70-75°F (21-24°C).
  • An under-tank heater, blue daylight, red infrared and/or ceramic heat emitter can be used to supplement the heat if necessary, especially at night if the temperature is low.
  • Ensure you install the under-tank heater on the designated warm side of the habitat.
  • Anoles are from a tropical environment and require medium/high humidity (50-80%). Proper humidity levels can be reached by spraying your anole every other day and by spraying the inside of their enclosure several times a day. A hygrometer should be installed in the habitat to monitor the humidity level.
  • Exposure to a UVA and UVB light designed for reptiles is extremely important. Anoles require a UVA/UVB (ultraviolet light) fluorescent bulb for 12 hours per day.
  • It is important that UV-producing lights be directed through the screen top as glass can block the UVB rays.
  • A consistent light-dark cycle (12 hours of light) must be provided.

Décor & Substrate

  • Decorative rocks, vines, branches and plants can be used in the habitat to add personal touch.
  • Plenty of branches should be provided for climbing and basking. Branches should be placed so your anole can bask close to the heat source.
  • Hiding spots should be just large enough for the anole to fit comfortably and should be available in both the cool and warm sides of the habitat.
  • Anole enclosures should be lined with a natural substrate such as coco fiber or bark designed for tropical reptiles or a reptile carpet.
  • Substrate should be spot cleaned daily and completely changed at least once a month.

Shopping List

❏ Habitat (10-20 gal for a single anole, 20 gal or larger for multiples)
❏ Secure screen lid
❏ Rocks and plants for décor
❏ Branches for basking
❏ Lamp fixture
❏ Infrared heat bulb
❏ UVA/UVB bulb and fixture
❏ Blue bulb for night viewing
❏ Ceramic heat emitter and fixture (if needed)
❏ Coco fiber, bark, or reptile carpet
❏ Two hide houses
❏ Two thermometers
❏ Hygrometer
❏ Reptile calcium supplement with vitamin D
❏ Food and water dishes
❏ Spray bottle for misting
❏ Cricket keeper
❏ Cricket food
❏ Commercial diet
❏ Crickets, mealworms or waxworms

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